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Education program


The PSAC is proud to offer its members a union education program that ranks among the best and most comprehensive within the Canadian labour movement. Our various courses provide members with learning opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and personal confidence. Union education encourages participation and promotes mutual respect and understanding between members and the union leadership. A trained membership is an active membership and active members build a strong union.

Here is a list of upcoming courses in BC.

Any PSAC member in good standing can apply for an education course being offered in BC. In order to maximize participation and minimize travel costs, basic education courses are offered within "catchment areas". Currently the catchment areas are: North BC, Southern Interior, East Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and Metro. These catchments are defined by combining the geographic regions that are contained in the BC Region by-laws, S.18(2) and (3).

Fill out an application online or download a course application form (pdf) and mail or fax it back to us if you would like to take a PSAC weekend course.

For more information about our education program, check the frequently asked questions or contact Deanna Kimball, Regional Education Officer (REO), at KimballD@psac-afpc.com

In Residence courses require a more detailed application form which are generally available well in advance of the dates of the course.

Note that all PSAC courses and events are scent free. Weekend courses start at 9AM and end at 4:30PM, unless otherwise noted.

See below for a news and information related to the PSAC Education Program in BC. Visit the national website for more information about the PSAC National Education program.

January 7, 2020 - 2:27pm •
The PSAC is pleased to offer a new advanced course for Union representatives Domestic Violence at Work: PSAC Training for Representatives Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2020 Vancouver, BC Course hours (approximately):       9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (both days) Application Deadline: 9:00 a.m. PST, Monday, February 10, 2020.
November 21, 2019 - 2:38pm •
The Winter 2020 weekend course schedule, consisting of Convention Procedures courses to be held in Abbotsford, Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George and Kelowna as well as Steward training to be held in Victoria and Kelowna has been posted. For more information and online registration, visit the course listings section of the regional calendar.
November 19, 2019 - 11:24am •
Community Savings Credit Union is offering scholarships to assist union members in attending the 2020 Canadian Labour Congress Harrison Winter School. CSCU are pleased to solicit applications from BC CLC Affiliates for two deserving members in the following fields of study: Human Rights: An Introduction Week 2: January 19 – 24, 2020 Young Workers in Action Week 5: February 9 – 14, 2020 The scholarship will cover the costs of tuition, single accommodation and meals for each course. To apply for one of these scholarships applicants must:
October 10, 2019 - 11:42am •
Deb Seaboyer, PSAC's longtime Regional Education Officer in the BC Region is retiring this week and she asked us to share this message to PSAC members.  
October 7, 2019 - 12:19pm •
The Canadian Union of Public Employees Union, Local 402, has established, through the B.C. Federation of Labour, a Memorial Scholarship for a union woman to attend the "Women in Leadership" course at the Canadian Labour Congress Harrison Winter School. The Scholarship will cover the costs of tuition, shared accommodation and meals for this event. The Scholarship does not include wage loss.
September 4, 2019 - 10:44am •
PSAC BC is very pleased to announce that Deanna Kimball is the successful candidate in the recent Regional Education Officer (REO) BC competition. Deanna has been a PSAC Regional Representative since 2009 and has extensive experience in facilitation and knowledge of the PSAC Education programs. Prior to working for the PSAC, Deanna was a member of the Union of National Defense Employees and was active in her Local in Winnipeg.   Deanna’s start date in the REO position will be September 16, 2019. Congratulations Deanna!
August 8, 2019 - 9:19am •
The fall education schedule is now available.
December 5, 2018 - 9:20am •
Our course schedule for the first half of 2019 is now available.
November 20, 2018 - 12:47pm •
Canadian Labour Congress Winter School 2019 The PSAC BC Education Program is pleased to offer two $500 education subsidies to PSAC BC members who are registering for the CLC Winter School in 2019. The deadline for receipt of your subsidy application for the CLC Winter School is 9AM PT on December 3, 2018. Additional Information and Online Application:
September 26, 2018 - 2:43pm •
If you are a committed PSAC activist who wants to deepen your learning of the labour movement in Canada, develop your leadership skills,  and connect with activists from other unions across the country,  then you should apply to attend the Canadian Labour Congress-sponsored Labour College of Canada Certificate Program at www.labourcollege.ca  PSAC has a limited number of full scholarships available to our members. 


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